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Belichick ducks Deflategate

Friday, May 29, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Coach Bill Belichick shed little light Friday in his first public remarks since the report was issued on the Patriots’ use of deflated footballs. He avoided direct answers to most of the 10 questions he was asked about Tom Brady, backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and how the team was handling the fallout from the investigation. Brady, who is appealing his four-game suspension, did not speak with reporters after … 0

Rookie guards learning Pats’ system

Thursday, May 28, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots’ two rookie guards are helping each other study the team’s complex offensive schemes. They’ve already learned a much simpler strategy. No matter what the question, answer cautiously or risk the wrath of their secretive coach. Tre’ Jackson and Shaq Mason were drafted in the fourth round and have a chance at considerable playing time at a position … 0

Kraft introduces No. 1 pick Brown; mum’s the word on ‘Deflategate’

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Robert Kraft spent 80 seconds Wednesday making his first public remarks since saying eight days earlier he wouldn’t appeal the Patriots’ punishment for using underinflated footballs. Not one of those seconds was devoted to the scandal. At a ceremony introducing New England’s first-round draft choice, the team’s owner stood on a platform in the middle of the field where Tom Brady … 0

Kraft says Patriots won’t appeal team’s fine and draft penalties

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — Now that Patriots owner Robert Kraft is not appealing his team’s punishments in the deflated footballs scandal, only his quarterback’s challenge remains. Moments after Kraft said Tuesday he won’t oppose the $1 million fine and loss of two draft choices the NFL penalized the team … 0

Brady, union threaten Goodell with lawsuit

Friday, May 15, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady’s lawyers demanded that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recuse himself from the Super Bowl MVP’s “Deflategate” appeal and threatened to go to court unless the four-game suspension is overturned. Laying out the grounds for dismissing … 0

Brady appeals suspension; Pats rebut NFL

Thursday, May 14, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady appealed the four-game suspension he was handed for his role in using deflated footballs during the AFC championship game, and the players union urged Commissioner Roger Goodell to appoint a neutral arbitrator to hear the case. The expected appeal was filed … 0

Falcons’ Blank says failure to admit mistakes hurt Pats

Thursday, May 14, 2015

ATLANTA — Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Thursday there is a “general feeling” that the Patriots’ failure to acknowledge mistakes added to the punishment they received for deflating footballs. Blank stressed while at a community improvement event that he has no direct knowledge of the Patriots’ case. The … 0

Investigator says he had the goods on Brady

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

NEW YORK — The lawyer who investigated the New England Patriots insisted Tuesday that he found direct, not just circumstantial, evidence to show quarterback Tom Brady knew team employees were deflating footballs. Miffed by criticism from Brady’s agent, Ted Wells decided to take the unusual step of holding … 0

Despite $1M fine, Patriots reap profit from Brady’s suspension

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — A four-game suspension. A $1 million fine. The loss of first- and fourth-round draft picks. The numbers were flying after Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were hit with a trio of penalties for tampering with the footballs in the AFC championship game. Here are … 0

Pats lose Brady for 4 games, picks, $1M

Monday, May 11, 2015

NEW YORK — The NFL suspended Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady for the first four games of the season, fined the New England Patriots $1 million and took away two draft picks Monday as punishment for deflating footballs used in the AFC title game. The league also indefinitely … 0

Calm Brady says scandal doesn’t taint Super Bowl championship

Thursday, May 7, 2015

SALEM — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said Thursday night the scandal surrounding his use of deflated footballs during the NFL playoffs last season hasn’t detracted in any way from his Super Bowl title. “Absolutely not,” Brady told a friendly university crowd in his first public appearance … 0

NFL: Patriots employees probably deflated balls

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tom Brady: Unbelievable. The 243-page report on “Deflategate” came out Wednesday and stopped barely short of calling the Patriots star quarterback a cheater. It did, however, call some of his claims “implausible” and left little doubt that he … 0

Patriots tackle Solder healthy at voluntary team activities

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Nate Solder was blindsided by the news. Cancer. He had just turned 26. At 6-foot-8 and 320 pounds, he was in excellent condition. Tom Brady depended on his left tackle to protect him. But after a team physical at the New England Patriots voluntary team activities … 0